Summer is here in Durham, NC. Here are five tips to help you maximize your home’s HVAC efficiency this season to keep your energy use under control.
Tip #1: Inspect Your Filter Each Month
A dirty, clogged HVAC filter drags down the efficiency of your HVAC system because it can’t get enough airflow to operate at its best. Inspect your filter each month and replace it if it’s dirty. This helps you save money on your energy costs.
Tip #2: Get a Smart Thermostat
If you don’t have a smart thermostat, now is the time to upgrade to one. You can program your thermostat to use your air conditioner more efficiently throughout the season. This is convenient, especially if you forget to raise the temperature before leaving for work each day.
Tip #3: Close Your Window Coverings During the Day
One of the tricks to keeping your home cool is to keep the heat out. During the hottest times of the day, make sure to close your blinds, shades, or curtains to keep your home cooler. Don’t forget to close your windows too.
Tip #4: Use Your Fans the Smart Way
Ceiling and room fans don’t create cooler air because they only move air around. Turn off fans in unoccupied rooms to save energy. Only turn on a fan if you are in the room or venting a room like your bathroom, kitchen or laundry room to remove humidity from showering, doing laundry or cooking.
Tip #5: Get an AC Tune-Up
The best way to ensure your HVAC is running efficiently all summer is to get an AC tune-up. You should have preventive maintenance service done each spring to get your system ready to work hard all season.
Keeping your HVAC system running efficiently throughout the summer and the entire year requires regular professional maintenance. If you forgot your spring tune-up, it’s not too late to get back on track. If you’re in Durham, NC, contact Lee Air Conditioning for all your heating and air conditioning repair, maintenance and installation needs.
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